Catherine Radford, MFS, MPhil
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To the Editor: A patient diagnosed with a disease must live with its label and with lay persons' understanding of that label. Thus, as a person with what is called "chronic Epstein-Barr virus syndrome," I protest vehemently against naming this disease "chronic fatigue syndrome" as proposed by Holmes and colleagues (1).
While going from one doctor to another trying to find out what was wrong with me for 4 months (and not knowing about chronic Epstein-Barr virus syndrome) I became practiced in describing my symptoms accurately. I emphasized that I did not have tiredness, lethargy, or fatigue but asthenia, in
Radford C. "The Chronic Fatigue Syndrome". Ann Intern Med. ;109:166–167. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-109-2-166
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1988;109(2):166-167.
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